Teton Multi-use Pathway, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Length: 7 miles from Moose to Jenny Lake
Width: 10 feet
Surface type: asphalt
Typical grade: <2%
Maximum grade: 7.8%
Typical cross slope: <2%
Maximum cross slope: <2%
Use Fee required?: $35 per vehicle for park and multi-use path. Veterans exempt
Accessible features: visitor centers, vault toilet with grab bars in Taggart Lake Trailhead, access to Jenny Lake water edge.
Grand Teton National Park has a wonderful 20-mile asphalt Multi-use Pathway that runs from the town of Jackson into the park, all the way to Jenny Lake. The pathway has panoramic views of the Teton Range and is generally flat except for two grades climbing out of valleys at Jackson, and at the park headquarters at the Moose Visitor Center. Those grades can be avoided entirely because the trail has numerous access point along the flat plateaus.
North of Jackson the trail runs parallel to, but separate from U.S. Highway 89/26 to Moose, Wyoming This road is the main highway through the park to Yellowstone National Park so it is crowded during summer. At Moose, the trail forks and the west fork goes to Jenny Lake, one of the main summer tourist attractions. This trail parallels the Teton Park Road but is separated from the road by natural sagebrush vegetation with a few scattered trees. Leaving Moose there is a grade of >7% up to a plateau. At the top of the plateau the 5 miles of the path to Jenny Lake is flat. There is scattered parking along the plateau.
The Moose/Jenny Lake segment of the Path is the more scenic part because it runs closer to the mountain front and parts are a little more distant from the road. The Path ends at the Jenny Lake visitor center area which has undergone extensive accessibility renovations.
You can access the beautiful, clear lake at an almost private location. The Multi-use Path ends at the Jenny Lake parking lot access road. Go east along the wide sidewalk along the road a ways to cross at a crosswalk. Going straight takes you along the access road for Jenny Lake Campground. Go through the campground and bear left down an asphalt path to the lakeshore. Here is a stone path to a small gravel beach and the water.
The Jenny Lake Campground is tents-only and has one “accessible”, flat camping site and flush toilets. Required reservations are available at recreation.gov.
Because the Teton Multi-use Path has numerous access points from road pull-off spots, it can be used with multiple types of adaptive devices as necessary for access, at least for shorter scenic jaunts. Because the trail is a long, paved, and wide, it is idea for wheeled adaptive hiking devices such as handcycles, and wheelchairs.
Last visited in August 2019
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